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Mon Apr 03 02:02:27 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg eBook, Love’s Comedy, by Henrik Ibsen, Translated by C.
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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: Love’s Comedy Author: Henrik Ibsen Release Date: June 22, 2006 [eBook #18657] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-646-US (US-ASCII) ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK LOVE’S COMEDY*** E-text prepared by Douglas Levy The Collected Works of Henrik Ibsen, Volume I LOVE’S COMEDY Translation by C.
Herford INTRODUCTION* _Koerlighedens Komedie_ was published at Christiania in 1862.
The polite world--so far as such a thing existed at the time in the Northern capital--received it with an outburst of indignation now entirely easy to understand.
It has indeed faults enough. The character-drawing is often crude, the action, though full of effective by-play, extremely slight, and the sensational climax has little relation to human nature as exhibited in Norway, or out of it, at that or any other time.
But the sting lay in the unflattering veracity of the piece as a whole; in the merciless portrayal of the trivialities of persons, or classes, high in their own esteem; in the unexampled effrontery of bringing a clergyman upon the stage.
All these have long since passed in Scandinavia, into the category of the things which people take with their Ibsen as a matter of course, and the play is welcomed with delight by every Scandinavian audience.
But in 1862 the matter was serious, and Ibsen meant it to be so. For they were years of ferment--those six or seven which intervened between his return to Christiania from Bergen in 1857, and his Mon Apr 03 02:02:27 2017 2 departure for Italy in 1864.
As director of the newly founded -Norwegian Theatre,- Ibsen was a prominent member of t...

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